Wild sign new forward Darroll Powe for 3 years

The Minnesota Wild have signed new forward Darroll Powe to a

three-year contract.

The Wild made the announcement Tuesday, along with the signing

of center Jeff Taffe (tayf) to a one-year, two-way contract and the

appointment of John Torchetti as head coach of their AHL affiliate

in Houston.

Powe was a restricted free agent, acquired last week in a trade

with Philadelphia for a third-round pick in the 2013 draft. The

26-year-old can play center or wing. Terms were not disclosed.

Torchetti has been an assistant with five NHL teams, including

stints as interim head coach with Florida (2004) and Los Angeles

(2006).

The 30-year-old Taffe is a former University of Minnesota star

and native of Hastings, Minn., who has 44 points in 175 career NHL

games.